Program Requirements

2018-2019 Full Course cycle registrations will be held from July 9th to September 7th, 2018.

To become a Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant, students must complete 9 course modules, a practicum, one workshop and a final examination. Participants can choose to complete the program through our standard 36 week course or through independent study over the course of 24 months.

Required Resources

  • Textbook: System for Ophthalmic Dispensing, Third Edition, Brooks & Borish ($225)
  • Textbook: The Ophthalmic Assistant, 10th Edition, Stein, Stein & Freeman ($125)
  • A pre-fitted RGP contact lens to practice insertion and removal techniques (for Workshop & Module 8)
  • Opportunity to routinely practice skills in the area of the optometric setting pertaining to the Module of study

Access to the latest edition of the textbooks is mandatory for all registrants to complete the course Modules. Textbooks may be ordered online through www.lb.ca/cao. Both textbooks are available in e-book and hardcopy versions.

Download the full CCOA Program Guide

Full Program: 36 Weeks

2018-2019 Full Course cycle registrations will be held from July 9th to September 7th, 2018.

Overview

  • Students complete 9 modules with the help of study guides and open-book assignments
  • New skills are mastered and demonstrated by completing in-office Practical Skills Checklists
  • Students will be required to attend a regional CCOA Program Workshop for review of critical concepts from each module
  • A final exam will be administered in June

The Full Course curriculum and registration fee includes: CCOA program study guides & openbook assignments for all nine modules, Practical Skills Checklists, practical skills Workshop, and closed-book CCOA Examination. The nine module sessions are 4 weeks in duration. The schedule begins with Module 1 on September 17th, 2018. Module sessions are back-to-back, finishing with Module 9 in the spring. The online CCOA Examination is written within a 2-week period in June.

Independent Study: Up to 24 Months

Overview

  • Students complete 9 modules with the help of study guides and open-book assignments over the course of 24 months
  • New skills are mastered and demonstrated by completing in-office Practical Skills Checklists
  • Students will be required to attend a regional CCOA Program Workshop* for review of critical concepts from each module
  • A final exam will be administered in June*

The Independent Study program allows students to advance at their own pace. Modules do not have to be taken in sequence. Each module assignment and practical skills checklist must be completed within the specified 4 weeks before registering for another module. To be eligible to write the online CCOA examination in June*, all 9 modules must be successfully completed, and a full workshop attended.

*Additional fees apply

Course Modules

The CCOA modules cover the full range of relevant skills and knowledge: from anatomy and physiology, to patient management, sales, customer service, frame and lens dispensing, and contact lenses. A complete overview of the content in each of the modules is available here.

Workshop

The workshop is an integral component of the CCOA program. Participants benefit from experienced instructors delivering in-depth reviews of critical concepts covered in the course modules. Each workshop is 2 days in length, and is usually held on Saturday or Sunday. Workshop attendance is necessary in order to be eligible to sit for the CCOA Examination.

Registration: October 1, 2018 – November 1, 2018

2019 Schedule:

  • January 5-6                            BC
  • January  12-13                       AB
  • February  2-3                         MB or SK
  • February   9-10                      Toronto, ON
  • February 23-24                      NS or NB

Final Exam

The CCOA examination is written on a pre-agreed date from June 17 – 21. The final exam is unsupervised, and can be completed online. Full instructions for booking the exam date will be sent in May. The deadline to register your exam writing date is June 7, 2019.

Overview

  • Unsupervised online exam
  • Closed book
  • Participants have 2 hours to answer 100 multiple choice questions
  • Limited to two re-writes (fees apply)

Final Results

  • An overall grade of 75% is required to achieve CCOA certification
  • Weighted grade of 35% Module assignments, 65% Exam
  • Results are provided immediately after completing the final exam
  • CCOA certificates are mailed to CCOAs directly

A Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant (CCOA) certificate, valid for three years, will be issued upon successful completion of; all nine modules, full workshop attendance, and CCOA Examination. To maintain the CCOA designation, 18 hours of Continuing Education credits, including CPR, must be submitted every 3 years (fee applies). Failure to maintain current CCOA status forfeits the legal right to use the CCOA designation, and the certificate is no longer recognized.